School of Psychology

Staff Profiles

Dr Elizabeth Evans

Lecturer (Psychology)

Background

I'm a psychologist with a background in developmental psychopathology, quantitative methods and clinical research.  I have worked at Newcastle University since January 2012 as part of multidisciplinary research projects focused upon developing interventions to enhance health and wellbeing, particularly in reference to eating, weight and concomitant psychological factors.

In May 2017 I started a new chapter as a lecturer in psychology in the School of Psychology, a wonderful chance to integrate my research experience into teaching practice with undergraduate and postgraduate students. I continue to carry out research with my colleagues in the Institute of Health and Society and the Human Nutrition Research Centre.

Research

My research interests include body image, obesity, weight management, eating behaviours and intervention development. 

I am particularly interested in how eating behaviour and body image change with time. Such changes occur over childhood and adolescence, but also arise in relation to key transitions such as weight gain, childbearing and ageing. I am particularly keen to discover how mechanisms of change might offer opportunities to intervene and improve people's relationships with their body, and their eating behaviours.  

I completed my PhD in the area of children's body image and eating behaviours at Durham University in 2012 (http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/5930/).   

I am involved / have been involved in the following research projects:

a) the NoHoW project (http://nohow.eu/#home) March 2015 - January 2018.  I am co-ordinating the development of an evidence base for an ICT-mediated weight loss maintenance intervention, via online surveys and in-depth qualitative interviews in 3 different countries, and a large prospective cohort study in the UK. 

b) the NULevel project (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/nulevel/), September 2013 - August 2015.   I have co-developed an intervention to help overweight people who have lost 5% or more of their body weight maintain this weight loss.  The intervention utilises SIM-enabled weighing scales and smartphones in order to provide rapid and personalised feedback to participants.  

Teaching

I am module leader for PSY3033 (Eating disorders) and, from September 2017, PSY1008 (Personality & Abnormal Psychology)

I teach on PSY3006 (Consumer psychology) and PSY8035 (Research Methods in Applied Psychology),

I have successfully supervised students on the BSc Psychology, MSc Foundations in Clinical & Health Psychology and MSc Public Health and Health Services Research courses and am involved in PhD student supervision. If you wish to discuss the possibility of supervision, please email me for an informal discussion in the first instance - I'd love to hear from you!

Publications